Kill the Moonlight is as sonically advanced as it is lyrically daring; no longer rooted to a strict guitar-bass-drum format, Spoon's increased use of keyboards, self-created samples and implementation of studio effects is in stark contrast to the more traditionalist GCT. That said, there is no killer gimmick at play, the weapon wielded most often is Britt Daniel's brain. Always a master of melody, Daniel has veered further and further from what could be identified as a signature sound with each Spoon album -- there are no precedents for Daniel's channelling of Alan Vega on the claustrophobic opener "Small Stakes," much as the falsetto vocal w/ minimalist backing of "Stay Don't Go" sounds like nothing else in the band's oeuvre.
But if there is a common thread running through each of Spoon's albums, Kill the Moonlight being their 4th, it is in the way their songs are instantly memorable and impossible to shake. "Jonathan Fisk" (perhaps the only song on KTM that could've been featured on Spoon's 1996 debut, though it wouldn't have sounded nearly as good), "Someone, Something," and "The Way We Get By" have all made for a very pleasant dilemma in record company offices in Chapel Hill and London -- how do you pick a single when you've got at least 3 great ones to choose from?